Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Who Reads My BLOG?

I always think that no one ever reads any of this stuff that I write. Today I actually had two phone calls that proved that I have an audience!

Rosa and I worked together in the International Division of the Census Bureau for many years. I was always intrigued by her close relationship to her parents and to her 6 children. She was something between a surrogate mother and just a friend to me, depending on what I needed at the time. She retired a number of years ago and lives by herself in an assisted living community. After having both knees replaced, she is still actively involved in the lives of her various family members and in the local school system. Rosa complains that her memory isn’t what it used to be, but she is still amazingly on top of things. She knew about my biopsy last week, but had to read my BLOG to learn the outcome.

Freddie Lee is one of my best friends from the age of 5. We were born on exactly the same day in the same year and grew up in Panama City, Florida. Her father was my pediatrician. She came from a family of 10 children, being the third oldest. I hadn’t heard from her for months, which is not unusual, because she is not nearly as addicted to e-mail as I am. Last I heard, she was in China with her son John. For all I knew, she had never come home. But that is apparently not the case. In fact, she has just taken a job as an airlines stewardess. I am always amazed when people make decisions to do things like this. She will be wonderful and everyone will love her and they will never guess she is 56 like I am.

I’m sorry it took something so serious to elicit these phone calls, but I was delighted to have a chance to talk to both of these friends. It’s people like these that make life definitely worth living!

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